1 Mar 2010

NZ victims of Haiti quake farewelled

4:35 pm on 1 March 2010

A commemoration service has been held for the father and two Nelson-born daughters who died in Haiti's devastating quake in January.

About 600 people attended the commemoration service at Christ Church Cathedral for members of the Sanson-Rejouis family on Monday.

New Zealander Emily Sanson-Rejouis and her husband Emmanuel Rejouis were based in the capital Port-au-Prince where they were aid workers.

The family was living at Hotel Karibe in the capital when the quake struck on 12 January.

Kofie-Jade, aged 4, Zenzie, 2, and their French-Haitian father died when the hotel collapsed.

Another girl, Alyahna, survived with a broken leg.

Mrs Sanson-Rejouis was away from the hotel when the quake hit and paid the final tribute to her loved ones at the church on Monday.